SHERIN YOUSEPH KULOO, a Turkish woman officials said was the oldest person to apply for amnesty as an illegal immigrant to the United States, died Friday in Ceres, Calif., of pneumonia at 118. She attributed her longevity to almost daily doses of whiskey and yogurt. When she applied for amnesty in 1988 at age 115, Immigration and Naturalization Service officials said then she was the oldest applicant ever. A baptism certificate says she was born July 15, 1872, at Jilo, Turkey. She later settled in Baghdad and outlived four husbands before emigrating to the United States in April 1978. Her visa expired that July, but she stayed. ETHEL PAYNE, 79, regarded as the nation's pre-eminent black female journalist, was found dead Thursday in her Washington, D.C., apartment. She apparently died of natural causes. As a political correspondent for the Chicago Defender, starting in 1951, she reported from practically every major country except the Soviet Union and Australia. She was the only black correspondent at the 1956 Bandung conference in Indonesia and covered the Nigerian civil war and the Vietnam War.
JOHN "PEANUTS" TRONOLONE, 80, reputed Cleveland mob boss, died Wednesday at Miami Beach of complications from a heart condition. He was free while appealing a racketeering conviction.
H. N. SWANSON, 91, a screen literary agent who represented some of America's greatest writers in Hollywood for more than half a century, died Friday in Beverly Hills, Calif., of complications from a stroke. Among his early clients for screenplays were William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Pearl Buck, and Raymond Chandler. More recently, he represented the Hollywood efforts of writers like Joyce Carol Oates, Paul Theroux and Joseph Wambaugh.
PAUL ZIFFREN, 77, California's Democratic national committeeman in the 1950s and chairman of the board of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, died Friday in Malibu, Calif., of congestive heart failure.
LYNN STANFORD, 44, an acclaimed ballet musician who worked with Martha Graham, Dame Margot Fonteyn and George Balanchine, died May 28 in Dallas of a blood staph infection. The composer and accompanist lived in Dallas and New York.
W. C. MOLLOY, 83, who played football under Knute Rockne at Notre Dame University before playing professionally for the Sarnia Imperials from 1932-37 in Canada, died May 28 in Sarnia, Ontario.